BAMMA release eight fights for upcoming event
BAMMA 7 is set to take place on September 10th from Birmingham, England and this week the organization announced that Jim Wallhead would be stepping in for Tom “Kong” Watson to meet Frank Trigg in the main event.
If that wasn’t enough BAMMA have also confirmed the signing of a TUF finalist and UFC veteran in Britain’s Andre Winner (11-6-1 MMA) who makes his promotional debut against highly touted UK prospect Jason Ball (18-9 MMA).
“I’m really happy to be coming home and fighting for the very best in Europe. I look forward to putting on a good show for the fans.” – Andre Winner
BAMMA 7 Card
Frank Trigg vs. Jim Wallhead
Che Mills vs. Joey Villasenor
Jack Marshman vs. Carl Noon
Rob Sinclair vs. Leonardo Santos
Efrain Escudero vs. Tim Radcliffe
Jason Ball vs. Andre Winner
Pindi Madahar vs. Danny Compton
Eugene Fadiora vs. Robert Devanne
Tim Newman vs. Shan Omer
Dale Hardiman vs. Scott Jansen
Lee Taylor vs. Tom Breese
Richard Walker vs. Shah Hussein
Fraser Opie vs. Robert Krecicki
All fighters on weight for Strikeforce Challengers 18
Event: Strikeforce Challengers 18
When: Friday August 12th
Where: Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
Jorge Gurgel (154) vs. Joe Duarte (155)
Nate James (185) vs. Danillo Villefort (186)
Pat Healy (155) vs. Eric Wisely (156)
Sarah D’Alelio (146) vs. Ronda Rousey (146)
Roy Jones Jr. (204) vs. Derrick Mehmen (205)
Keith Berry (204) vs. Gian Villante (205)
Nah-Shon Burrell (171) vs. Lukasz Les (169)
Mike Bronzoulis (169) vs. Chad Leonhardt (171)
Sterling Ford (156) vs. Milton Vieira (155)
Nam Phan steps in to replace Josh Grispi at UFC 136
Nam Phan (16-9 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has stepped up to take on Matt Grice (13-4 MMA, 1-4 UFC) at UFC 136, following the withdrawal of Josh Grispi (14-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) due to injury.
UFC 136 is set to take place on October 8th and will feature two championship bouts as Frankie Edgar completes his trilogy with Gray Maynard and Jose Aldo takes on featherweight newcomer Kenny Florian.
Phan vs. Grice is expected to take place on the preliminary card and both fighters, coming off losses, will surely realise that another defeat will realistically be their last under the Zuffa umbrella.
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UFC on Versus will be shown on Premier Sports (Sky Television channel 433) in the UK.
Gerald Harris expected to meet Kazuhiro Nakamura at Dream 17
Former UFC powerhouse Gerald Harris (18-4 MMA) and Japanese veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura (15-10 MMA) are tentatively scheduled to meet at Dream 17 on September 24th.
Harris and Nakamura both had stints in the UFC and will lock horns at Dream 17 following wins over Anthony Ruiz and Karl Amoussou respectively.
Event: Dream.17 – World Bantamweight GP
When: Saturday September 24th
Where: Saitama Super Arena, Japan
Antonio Banuelos vs. Hideo Tokoro – Bantamweight Grand Prix
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Takafumi Otuska – Bantamweight Grand Prix
Masakazu Imanari vs. Abel Cullum – Bantamweight Grand Prix
Rodolfo Marques vs. Yusup Saadulaev – Bantamweight Grand Prix
Joachim Hansen vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Shinya Aoki vs. Rob McCullough
Willamy Freire vs. Satoru Kitaoka
Takeshi Inoue vs. Caol Uno
Gerald Harris vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
The week in words
Chael Sonnen: I can guarantee you that as sure as night follows day, that not only is that fight never gonna happen, it never was. Ken Shamrock is going around to all of these different promoters doing his typical scumbag move getting money up front saying, ‘you know, I’m a hall of famer and I don’t even know if you guys are going to exist, so give me a 10 grand signing bonus.’
He takes their money, goes and blades himself in the back, or whatever make believe thing that guy does, won’t show up – guaranteed he won’t show up – keeps their 10 grand and goes on to the next unassuming promoter. He’s not gonna fight James Toney anymore than you are. He never was. That fight won’t happen, mark my words.
Dan Hardy: Brian connected me recently on Twitter and dared me to try the cartwheel kick. I’ve spent years doing Tae Kwon Do so I’ve got some pretty crazy kicks myself. If I’m going to rise to this challenge, and the opportunity presents itself during the fight, I’ll have to come up with something flashier.
Jake Shields: I fight whoever they tell me, but when they asked me (to fight) Ellenberger, my first reaction was I want to fight someone like B.J. or Fitch but they wanted me to fight Ellenberger and it was a main event.
I’m willing to fight whoever they want. I’m not one to say no, especially if it’s a main event. So I said, ‘sure, I’ll do it.’ But I was hoping to fight Fitch on the San Jose card.